Accidents can happen at any time or place. Because there’s no reliable way to account for and anticipate when these incidents can occur, it’s always smart to take extra care when taking part in particularly risky activities. For some people, these risky tasks are part of their jobs. Individuals working in jobs in the construction and manufacturing industries are among the most vulnerable to accidents in their daily routines.

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration names the following as just some of the most common accidents that happen in the U.S. Among the most common workplace accidents include incidents where workers slip or fall due to slippery or hazardous surfaces and become exposed to toxic substances. Other common causes of workplace injuries include repetitive motions and constantly lifting or carrying heavy objects.

While not all workplace accidents lead to serious illness or injury, most of these accidents do end up having a profound effect on an employee’s ability to perform their jobs. Serious medical conditions such as amputations and spinal cord injuries will clearly affect a person’s ability to perform the type of work they had done before their accident, leaving them without a proper source of income. Similarly, while not as alarming, minor injuries such as carpal tunnel also requires workers to take significant time off from work in order to properly recover. In both cases, these workers should be properly compensated by their employers through workers’ compensation benefits.

Regardless of the specific details, workers that have been injured on the job are entitled to receive compensation payments that would help cover expenses they’ve incurred for treatment and recover. Individuals currently in this situation can consult with a lawyer to help expedite to claims process.